Scrimmage EXTRA - August 2017 Newsletter
Our Quote of the Month:
“What’s worse than training your employees and losing them?
Not training them and keeping them.”
~ Zig Ziglar ~ Author, Corporate Salesman, Trainer and Motivational Speaker
Millennial. Gen Z. They ARE the new generations in the workplace. They make up the majority of employees in the workplace. They are technology-driven. They are driving change across companies. In fact, they are creating a whole new culture when it comes to work, work styles and the workplace.
So, where do learning, training and talent development fit in? What are the tools that are most attractive? How do you make it a “pull” and a “want-to-do” vs. merely “pushing” various content and hope for engagement? The answers are not as difficult as you might think. And, the good news is that they want development opportunities; they want feedback and coaching; they want training. Let’s take a quick look at some ideas.
First, current technology is a must. These generations are mobile and attached to their devices at all times. Their devices are also a source for many activities – social, communication, research, music/audio files, videos, games, and so forth. Everything today is essentially done with a device. Why not carry it over to their learning, training and development? Mobile technology is available to support your learning initiatives. Moreover, the Scrimmage mobile app has the ability to integrate with ALL of your existing LMSs and other applications, including SuccessFactors, ComplianceWire, and more. So, your learners only need one application, one sign-in and one touchpoint!
Second, these generations want to be and feel connected. They are highly social. And, they want responses instantly. Today, instant messaging is preferred over emails. It is targeted, it is direct and it is more immediate. Again, this element can be carried over to learning, training and development with numerous possibilities. The Scrimmage social channel, for instance, can be segmented for teams, departments and so forth, as well as be a source for coaching, sharing best practices and peer learning.
Third, gamification is a big attraction and motivator for both of these generations, especially if there are challenges, leaderboards, badges and levels involved. Gamification engages them to get to the next level, reach for the top, earn a badge – just like today’s hottest mobile apps, Candy Crush, QuizUp and Trivia Crack on the consumer side. Having the challenge element, for instance with Scrimmage’s RIVAL game, it connects employees and even offers employee recognition for key accomplishments. Meanwhile, on the backend, gamification offers a wealth of data, including content usage, comprehension and mastery, among additional employee/user metrics and reporting.
Perhaps the biggest intangibles that a mobile learning strategy offers are recruitment and retention. These generations want technology at their fingertips for as many business functions, as possible – including training – or they will seek it elsewhere. So, give yourself the competitive advantage, invest in the latest learning technologies. It will pay off!
For more information on the tools for these New Generations in the workplace + how the Scrimmage Mobile Learning Platform supports them, please visit here.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY ...
We thought it’d be helpful to let you hear recent feedback that our Client Services Department received. A major part of the Scrimmage product is our hands-on care and attention to our clients. You not only receive state-of-the-art technology and solutions with Scrimmage, but you also receive a true partner in your work, by your side.
~ Thank you all for making the rollouts smooth!
~ Thanks to everyone on the team for the help and partnership with the US launch! I appreciate all of the time and effort that went into making this possible. Great Work!
~ We’re excited to have consistent communication now with our field staffs via the Scrimmage mobile app, especially for onboarding and collaboration of ideas. The Social Learning aspects are really exciting! We appreciate your help in making it happen for us.
SCRIMMAGE – BEST PLACE TO WORK AWARD RECIPIENT!
The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal announced its Best Places To Work honorees for 2017, with Scrimmage being recognized in the Extra Small Company category (employing 10 to 24 people in Minnesota). In its 19th year, this prestigious program is Minnesota's longest-running awards accolade recognizing 67 top workplaces this year for creating best-in-class work environments. We are truly honored to be among this group! To Learn More, Please Click Here.
SCRIMMAGE CEO, DEREK LUNDSTEN – AN AWARD WINNER AT LTEN!
At the recent 46th Annual Life Sciences Trainers and Educators Network (LTEN) Conference, our CEO, Derek Lundsten, was a recipient of its 2017 Member of the Year Award. It is in recognition of his support, philanthropy and vision in promoting the LTEN mission, inside and outside of the member community, on a global basis. To Learn More, Please Click Here.
JUST IN… SCRIMMAGE IS NAMED TO TRAINING INDUSTRY’S TOP 20 TRAINING DELIVERY COMPANIES LIST!
As Doug Harward, CEO of Training Industry, Inc. notes, “this inaugural Top 20 Training Delivery Companies List is a resource for organizations that need a delivery partner with extensive knowledge of learning technologies and a strong set of features and capabilities to bring their training content to life,” At Scrimmage, we are honored to be recognized and included on this esteemed Top 20 List.
JOIN US AT THESE EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER!
September 13th – ATD Greater Philadelphia Chapter Regional Conference, Drexel University (LeBow School of Business, Main Campus)
September 25 - 27 – Training Magazine’s Online Learning Conference, New Orleans
September 27 - 29 - Training Magazine’s Innovations In Training Event, New Orleans
STAY TUNED - #LearnWhenYouPlay TO CONTINUE!
Thank You for your participation with #ScrimmageSummer! It’s our way to learn, engage and share content, news, knowledge, best practices - and give you the opportunity to WIN great prizes! Congrats To P.D. & D.N. For Winning Our #ScrimmageSummer Grand Prize Packages!
An Exciting New Scrimmage Initiative will be announced shortly to take us through the Fall, as we continue to connect and have fun.
In the meantime, continue to Follow Us, Like Us, Comment, Share Our Posts, Tag Us On Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram @wescrimmage. Let’s Continue To Learn Together! #LearnWhenYouPlay
SCRIMMAGE is a modern technology firm featuring the latest mobile learning, engagement and collaboration tools serving global businesses from Fortune 100 companies to SMBs. The company works closely with its clients to build a customized, scalable and secure platform for all static and dynamic content, along with a full suite of award-winning learning solutions, including gamification, social collaboration and robust data reporting. Founded in 2010, Scrimmage has enjoyed over 525M platform interactions on a worldwide basis to more than 50 enterprise clients across a spectrum of industries. To Demo the mobile platform, please click here.